For this week’s artist interview I got the chance to meet 8-year artist Alanna Marcelletti, a soon-to-be graduated student and mother who uses various mediums to convey the inner fears and desires of many in regards to home, work and motherhood in her “Thread Bared” gallery.
Alanna says she tends to “go with the flow” when she’s in the process of art making. Usually, what she’s trying to portray is an event of some sort that has happened throughout the week. Depending on the size, (bigger pieces tell more of a story while the smaller ones are more intimate and portrait-like), it usually takes her about a month to complete each piece. As shee’s working on one, she’s working on many others too.
Like may other artists, Alanna has always had a sense of what she wanted to do. When she was younger, she would just mess around and play with how she wanted her work to come out. She’s always been interested in it and loves it so much that she feels she could go days on end doing it– it’s never stressed her out. She didn’t take an “actual” art class until she was in high school. This was around the time she realized what she wanted to do– find a balance between the two mediums of painting and sculpting. “I’ve always been a rebel, I could never limit myself to paint and glass. When I was an undergrad, I would paint on glass.” The most interesting thing that Alanna told me, I thought, was that even though she’ll have an image of what she wants, she said it’s okay for you to mess up. You can always add to it or cut it to distort it in the way that you wanted. Just play around, stay hands on and keep trying basically.
When working, Alanna works with just about anything she can get her hands on: paint, clothes, trash, metal and anything else she can find in her home or studio. These aspects are probably want make her art so original. Using a lot of cloth like material, many of her pieces look dream-like in a sense. To me, they look soft and warm. Alanna notes that that’s one of the more difficult aspects of her work. With the use of the sheets and material, light becomes a huge component in what she’s trying to play. By the position of light, her entire piece changes– she has no control over it. Alanna welcomes this, however. It lets people have many different interpretations, even though some of what is seen may not be intended it’s always interesting to her.
Each piece she makes has, generally, the same message being put across: 1. Identity of being a woman 2. There’s narrative to experience and 3. A domestic feminist stand point.
Overall, I enjoyed Alanna’s gallery. I liked the soft colors she used along side the cloths. It made me feel as though I were trapped in a dream the more I looked at it. If I had to recommend the gallery to a friend, I would do so and say it’s a 10/10.
(I forgot to get a picture of Alanna, oops).